Reciprocity

Licensure Reciprocity with Other States

Every state has established licensing requirements for teachers employed at public schools and some private schools in that state. These requirements vary greatly from state to state, but most states have entered exchange agreements with other states that are called reciprocity agreements.

The reciprocity agreement allows students who have completed an approved program and are eligible for a license in Virginia to be eligible for a comparable license in any state participating in the agreement. All individual states reserve the right to require additional testing and/or course work to fully satisfy their licensing requirements.

The Commonwealth of Virginia participates in certification reciprocity with more than 40 states and areas. Eligibility for interstate reciprocity is based on completion of a specifically approved program as directed and delivered by Lynchburg College.

In most cases, reciprocity is only available to people who have completed an approved college program and have that designation on their college transcript or who have an active teacher's license.

States & Territories Currently Covered by the Interstate Reciprocity Agreement Include:
 

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Guam
Hawaii
Idaho
Indiana
Illinois
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
New Hampshire

North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
Mississippi
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
New Jersey
New York
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming